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UHD President, Students Volunteer at Houston Food Bank

UHD President Bill Flores and a team of students and Student Affairs staff members volunteered at the Houston Food Bank last week to celebrate Citizenship Month Houston and help serve their underprivileged neighbors.

At the event, which was sponsored by the Ladies Consular Club of Houston, Flores addressed approximately 75 participants and underscored the importance of community engagement in building a stronger, more vibrant city. He noted that Citizenship Month Houston is a call to service and a summons for individuals and families to give back to the communities in which they live.

In his message to attendees, Flores said, "Today's Houston Food Bank service project embodies the entire mission of Citizenship Month Houston. I applaud you for donating your valuable time and strengths to change the lives of countless hungry families in our region."

To help reach this goal, UHD participants divided into teams and packed dry goods, school supplies, cooking utensils, pillows and other home goods into boxes before weighing and labeling the boxes for distribution to the community.

Houston Food Bank President and CEO Brian Greene, Houston City Councilman Jerry Davis and Ladies Consular Club of Houston President Lynne Aronoff also spoke at the volunteer event.

The Houston Food Bank feeds nutritious meals to 137,000 hungry people each week. The organization works tirelessly throughout the year to ensure that the 16.7 percent of Houstonians who live in poverty will not go hungry.